Possible England World Cup XI after Honduras draw - Sterling sneaks ahead of Welbeck

Raheem Sterling

Roy Hodgson is likely to go with a side similar to that which drew 0-0 with Honduras yesterday, with one major change.

England's World Cup preparation came to a goalless, if rather stormy conclusion after their draw with Honduras.

Having seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured in Wednesday's game with Ecuador, Roy Hodgson will just be happy to leave Miami without any further injuries, after the Central American country were guilty of some heavy challenges in a match that was supposed to be a friendly.

The challenges weren't the only thing that was stormy, with the game being suspended for nearly an hour after the 20 minute mark because of a serious thunderstorm.

Below we set out what we feel will be Roy Hodgson's eleven for the opener with Italy next Friday:

GK - Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Had a couple of nervy moments, but is very much Hodgson's number one. 

DR - Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

Johnson again disappointed for England, struggling against Wigan's Roger Espinoza. If Kyle Walker would have been fit, it's very likely he would be back up by now.

DC - Gary Cahill (Chelsea)

Cahill and Jagielka looked considerably more secure than Jones and Smalling against Ecuador, if only there was another reliable centre back in the squad as cover.

DC - Phil Jagielka (Everton)

The Everton skipper showed he is well thought of by Hodgson, featuring as one of the three captains following the raft of substitutions.

DL - Leighton Baines (Everton)

Baines was one of a number of players to be on the receiving end of some nasty challenges, with Brayan Beckeles being sent off with nearly 30 minutes left.

MC - Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Gerrard game off at half time, to keep him as fresh as possible for the tournament ahead.

MC - Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

The former Sunderland man's engine will undoubtedly come in handy against Italy, while the likes of Wilshere may come on late on to inject a bit more attacking flair, depending on how the game is going.

RW - Adam Lallana (Southampton)

The Southampton captain had another strong game against Honduras, and his ability to impress with possession will surely come in handy in a game likely to be as tight as it will against Italy.

LW - Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

The fact Hodgson said he was disappointed Sterling couldn't play against Honduras indicated the winger is very much in his manager's plans for the starting line up. Even though Welbeck had a decent game in Sterling's absence, England failing to score should count in the Liverpool winger's stead.

AM/CF - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney formed part of an attacking trio last night, impressing several times with their ability to interchange. If Welbeck does start, that movement may continue, but if Sterling makes the cut, the former Everton man is sure to be more of a central attacking player.

CF - Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

The Liverpool striker disappointed against Honduras, missing two chances he has to be scoring at this level. It would have been positive for Sturridge to score again ahead of Brazil, but he has to keep his head up, and relax knowing he has the confidence of Hodgson.

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